Gauchos in the Mix at Prestigious Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic, Enter Final Round in 8th-Place

Zach Smith (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Zach Smith (Photo by Tony Mastres)

LAHAINA, Hawaii - Through two rounds at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic, the UC Santa Barbara golf team has registered a 2-over par 570 and is in eighth-place entering the final round.

The Gauchos are in the mix of the prestigious tournament and will enter the final round just one shot behind North Florida. South Carolina, Kansas and Clemson are eight shots ahead in a tie for fourth-place.

Junior Zach Smith bounced back from a tough first round with a 3-under par 68 in the second round, the third best score among all players. Sophomore Nick Swanson carded a second round 73 to finish 2-over par 144 through 36 holes, tying him for with Smith for 39th-place overall.

Brett Bennett, playing his first tourney as a Gaucho, is also at 2-over par through two rounds and tied for 39th.

Brett Patton, a transfer from Santa Barbara City College, finished the second round at 5-over par 147, tied for 59th. UCSB's top player, Brandon Bauman strugged through a 9-over par first round, but bounced back with a 4-under par second round to finish at 5-over through 36 holes. Bauman is tied for 59th entering the final round.

The leaderboard entering the final round of the tournament is a who's-who of collegiate players. Leadin gthe way are Greyson Sigg of Georgia and Chase Hanna of Kansas who are each 9-under par, one shot ahead of Zach Healy (Georgia) and Doc Redman (Clemson) who are each at 8-under par. Spencer Ralston (Georgia), Thomas Longbella (Minnesota), Keenan Huskey (South Carolina), Blaine Hale (Oklahoma) and Scott Stevens (South Carolina) are each 6-under par and 3-shots off the lead.

The final round at the Ka'anapali Collegiate Classic will tee-off on Sunday morning at 7:00 am in Lahaina.